Oshiomhole shouting match with APC vice-chair

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Adams Oshiomhole allegedly got into a shouting match with the APC National Vice -Chairman (North- East) , Mustapha Salihu, during the party ’ s National Working Committee meeting on Tuesday in Abuja .

Reports gathered was at the National Secretariat of the party , heard some people at the meeting making a lot of noise, with some banging tables .
Salihu, who stormed out of the meeting, later confirmed that he clashed with Oshiomhole .

He said the noise was over the ex – Edo governor’ s alleged attempt to impose a former member of the presidential campaign council , Waziri Bulama , as National Secretary of the party .

According to him , the decision did not follow due process and endorsement of the Zonal Executive Committee .

The position became vacant after Mai Mala Buni resigned his appointment to contest last year ’ s Yobe State governorship poll, which he won .

Salihu insisted that Oshiomhole had ceased to be the national chairman of the party because of a court order upholding his suspension by his Iyamho ward in Edo State.

He said , “ Unless I see the reversal of the court order suspending Oshiomhole as the APC National Chairman , I won ’ t allow him to sit here as the national chairman . ”

Salihu accused Oshiomhole of name – dropping whenever he wanted to have his way.

He said , “ This is an illegality , the party has set a precedent .

When Babachir Lawal left to become the Secretary to the Government of the Federation , I replaced him from Adamawa .

When Alhaji Lai Mohammed left his post as the National Publicity Secretary to the party to become a minister , Bolaji Abdullahi from Kwara replaced him .

“He ( Oshiomhole) keeps dropping names whenever he wants to perpetuate illegality .

He doesn ’ t have the right to call for nomination . ”

But the National Legal Adviser of the party , Babatunde Ogala , said he was not aware of any order validating Oshiomhole’ s suspension .

Explaining how Bulama emerged , Ogala told journalists that he was the one who moved the motion at the meeting for his appointment as acting National Secretary pending the party ’ s convention .

He also denied knowledge of any shouting match at the meeting .
Salihu warned that the process leading to Bulama ’ s emergence could land the party in court.

He said , “ Yesterday (Monday ) we held our zonal meeting and we agreed on how to go about the position of National Secretary .

“ Behold, today (Tuesday) Adams Oshiomhole ordained someone to be the National Secretary .

I want to tell you this is illegality.

“ There is a serious discussion going on between Borno and Yobe to meet come up with a secretary .

We had a meeting yesterday and agreed that the two states should meet. ”

Salihu said the condition that could make Borno fill the position left by someone from Yobe was for Borno to surrender the position of Deputy Auditor .

“ I told Borno Governor (Babagana Zulum) this morning that I would be in Borno on Friday to consult them and proceed to Yobe and by Monday come up with a name .

“ I am not the type of person that will sit and watch illegality. NEC positions are like ministerial positions and are shared across the states .

As we speak , Borno has a NEC position .

“ If there is a need for them to cede to Borno , there must be consultations. The person who is duly elected at the convention must resign voluntarily and cede his own seat to Yobe.

That is what I canvassed but the chairman , as usual , wants to perpetuate his illegality, just the way he did in Zamfara and in other states where we lost .

He is still trying to go ahead to adopt Bulama as National Secretary , which is a nullity because he didn’ t follow the constitutional procedure .

“ What he told us was that it was President Buhari that mentioned Bulama ’ s name but I know it is not true.

The President is not known to do unconstitutional things but he (Oshiomhole ) keeps dropping names each time he wants to do illegality but this time round we are going to resist him . ”

Salihu vowed to pursue the implementation of the court order upholding Oshiomhole’ s suspension .

He said he would write to the Independent National Electoral Commission and Department of State Services not to recognise Oshiomhole as national chairman .

He added , “ I have not seen any court order vacating that subsisting court order .

So , I am not recognising him as national chairman, he doesn’ t have the right to call any meeting . ”

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